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Why Citizen Participation Succeeds or Fails

A Comparative Analysis of Participatory Budgeting

By Matt Ryan

Published

1 Apr 2021

Page count

196 pages

ISBN

978-1529209921

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

1 Apr 2021

Page count

196 pages

ISBN

978-1529209945

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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    Why Citizen Participation Succeeds or Fails

    Matt Ryan’s landmark comparative review of participatory budgeting, or collective decisions on spending and taxation, reveals the factors behind its success in achieving democratic engagement.

    The culmination of ten years of research into participation, this is a systematic analysis of how, when and why citizens gain control over these important decisions. Comparing global examples of both positive change and notable failure, the book provides persuasive evidence and guidance for future public involvement in taxation and spending.

    For advocates and participants of democratic reform and those with interests across political science, this is an essential guide to one of the most significant democratic innovations of our times.

    Matt Ryan is Associate Professor in Governance and Public Policy at the University of Southampton, UK, and a UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellow.

    Introduction: Democratic Deficits and Participatory Budgeting

    Necessity in Democratic Reform: Why Previous Claims Are Exaggerated and Problematic

    Success: How Citizen Control of Politics Is Achieved

    Failure: How Citizen Control of Politics Is Negated

    Contradictions: What ‘Middling’ Cases Reveal

    Implementing Democracy: Improving Democracy Through Innovation and Comparison